Just thought I would pop in here and say "Hi".<p>I've recently become the owner of a 2005 V70R GT, Titanium/Nordkap, enjoying the car quite a bit so far. I've always been a fan of Volvo wagons, but this is my first time owning one. I previously owned a 2000 Audi S4 6MT which I'd had since 2001. I loved that car but it was becoming too small for my needs (would have bought an Avant had they been on sale in Canada back then.) I guess I have a masochistic thing about owning expensive-to-fix cars out of warranty.<p>I'm aware of the downsides of the 05 GT vs. the 06 GT and the 6MT cars, but having been on the lookout for a well-looked after local (Vancouver, BC) car for a few months I opted for the car whose condition & history gave me the warm and fuzzies over the perfect transmission. I am also getting old and lazy, so I don't care about driving a stick as much as I used to <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>So far, some positive's and negatives...<br>Pro: 4-C - bloody hell, this is good, based on a couple of spins up the Sea-to-sky in "Advanced" mode. This car is definitely easier to drive fast in the twisties than the S4.<br>Con: interior clearly not as hard wearing as Audi's.<p>One question I have that search has so far not answered - does anyone have any idea on total and by country sales of these cars? The best I can find is some numbers for 2006, which come up in the stories about Volvo canning the "R" line. <p>Cheers<p>..Mark..